Announcing Recipients of the 2010 Robert L. Kelly Memorial Scholarship


The Board of Directors of the American Kennel Club Canine Health Foundation (CHF) are pleased to announce the recipients of this year’s Robert L. Kelly Memorial Scholarship.  Both Emily Marcus of Colorado State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine and Jonathan Wood of the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine have demonstrated exceptional academic skill and an interest in the health and well-being of all dogs.

Marcus’ research has focused on oncology, a common area of concern for dog owners and breeders alike.  Specifically, she has worked on the prognostic factors of lymphoma in the hopes that owners will have the opportunity to make better treatment decisions for their canine companions.  Marcus has also worked in the field of cancer stem cells, furthering her interest in developing treatment options for both human and animal cancer patients.

Wood’s research experience has included the study of various cardiac deficiencies with CHF-funded researchers Dr. Sydney Moise of Cornell University and Dr. Paula Henthorn of the University of Pennsylvania.  Wood also worked with Dr. Urs Giger at the University of Pennsylvania on the development of a searchable database of inherited diseases seen in purebred dogs.  

Marcus and Wood each received a $2,500 scholarship to help pay tuition expenses.  Named for longtime Director and Founder, Robert L. Kelly, the scholarship is intended to encourage research and young investigators as they pursue dual degrees in veterinary medicine and research. 

"The AKC Canine Health Foundation scholarship program epitomizes Bob’s vision for the Foundation," states Cindy Vogels, chairman of the AKC Canine Health Foundation.  "We continue to fulfill our mission, furthering the sponsorship of canine educational pursuits."

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